Contents and Arrangement

Fourth of July, dates not examined

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of 65 short, elementary school compositions written by children from Wilbraham, Massachusetts from 1866 to 1880, though most are undated. Some of the compositions are on topics such as the battle of Bunker Hill, Christmas, farming, the Fourth of July, the schoolroom, or time pieces; however, the majority describes animals, both domestic and wild, including cats, dogs, foxes, squirrels, woodchucks, birds, and horses. The collection reflects a variety of penmanship styles, as well as differing abilities to express ideas through writing.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Fourth of July; Massachusetts Elementary School Student Compositions Collection, C0969, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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